Sports World: Bid suspicion puts US Track boss on leave

Bid suspicion puts US Track boss on leave

LOS ANGELES • The head of the United States' successful bid for the 2021 World Athletics Championships has been placed on temporary leave after he was contacted by US authorities looking into corruption in the sport.

Vin Lananna, president of the USA Track and Field board of directors, was contacted "months ago" by federal authorities regarding his role in securing the championships for the city of Eugene, Oregon.

The 65-year-old has stated previously he was confident any investigation into the Games' awarding would find no evidence of wrongdoing.


Russian hammer champion dead at 60

MOSCOW • Olympic hammer record-holder Sergei Litvinov has died at the age of 60, Russia's athletics federation reported on Monday.

The 1988 Olympic champion died suddenly in Sochi, where he had been coaching. Litvinov, who also won silver at the 1980 Moscow Olympics and was a two-time world champion, set the Olympic record of 84.80m at the Seoul Games when he won gold.


Kvitova misses out on Dubai after leg injury

DUBAI • Petra Kvitova succumbed to injury on Monday as the Czech star was forced to withdraw from the Dubai Championships, a day after lifting her second Women's Tennis Association title of the year.

The two-time Wimbledon winner informed organisers that a leg injury would prevent her from playing, denying her the chance for a third successive triumph after back-to-back titles in St Petersburg and Doha.


Drogba's son follows in father's footsteps

PARIS • Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba's 17-year-old son Isaac has joined Ligue 1 side Guingamp as part of their under-19 academy, the French team said on Monday.

The teenager follows in his father's footsteps with Drogba making 50 appearances at Guingamp before his move to Marseilles and then Chelsea, where he scored 164 goals in 381 appearances for the Premier League club.


Russia hotels fined for World Cup price hikes

MOSCOW • Russian consumer rights protection organisation Rospotrebnadzor said yesterday it had fined some hotels in Moscow for hiking prices by 103 per cent to 570 per cent for the duration of the June 14-July 15 football World Cup.

It said in a statement that its inspectors checked 603 entities providing hotel services and fined 198 as well as 181 officials. The fines totalled 5.95 million rubles (S$140,000).


Sauber unveil car from Alfa Romeo union

LONDON • Sauber presented the first Formula One car from their new Alfa Romeo partnership yesterday, with a flurry of sponsor announcements also pointing to a better future after a dismal last season.

The new C37 car, with prominent Alfa Romeo branding on a red and white livery replacing the previous blue and white, was presented on the team's website and social media platforms.

The Swiss-based team finished last year's campaign last overall.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 21, 2018, with the headline 'Sports World'. Subscribe